Wednesdays with Wiseman: Hospital


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Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Program:Wednesdays With Wiseman
Virtual Cinema
Culture & Society
Health & Wellness
Release Year:1969
Runtime:84 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Zipporah Films
Director:Frederick Wiseman
Producer:Frederick Wiseman
Cinematographer:William Brayne
Editor:Frederick Wiseman
Filmography:Titicut Follies (1967)
Hospital (1970)
Sinai Field Mission (1978)
Missile (1988)
Ballet (1995)
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (2009)
Boxing Gym (2010)
At Berkeley (2013)
National Gallery (2014)



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Reserve your ticket and start watching Wednesday, November 4 through Tuesday, November 17. You will have 48 hours to complete once you begin watching.

Wednesdays with Wiseman

Your ticket includes a special recorded conversation with Frederick Wiseman and Filmmakers Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp).

In celebration of the opening of Frederick Wiseman’s 45th film, City Hall, we’re presenting a series of three Wiseman classics – Ballet (1995); Hospital (1974); Sinai Field Mission (1978) – available on successive Wednesdays beginning October 28, accompanied by conversations between Wiseman and other Oscar-winning filmmakers (Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Free Solo), Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), and Errol Morris (The Fog of War), respectively).

About the Film

Hospital shows the daily activities of a large urban hospital with the emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. The cases depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability of resources, organizational considerations, and the nature of communication among the staff and patients affect the delivery of appropriate health care.


"The chief characteristic of all Wiseman’s films — and the source of their tremendous emotional impact — is his instinctive sympathy for people who must confront the specific, human effects of vast, impersonal human social forces…" – Richard Schickel, Life

"It is as open and revealing as filmed experience has ever been. You look misery in the eye and you realize there’s nothing to be afraid of… By the end we are so thoroughly involved… that tears well up, because we simply have no other means of responding to the intensity of this plain view of the ordinary activities in Metropolitan Hospital." – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

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